Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Adk Artists Guild announces annual juried show winners

An artist stands beside one of his photographs

The 26th annual juried show at the Adirondack Artists Guild opened on Friday, [March 15] with a gala reception. Seventy-four works by sixty-four artists, chosen by juror Laura Desmond of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, comprise the show.

 “With such a large number of submissions, and limited exhibition space, I knew that many fine works would ultimately be left out of the show, but I proceeded by addition, rather than subtraction, picking pieces that I knew I wanted to include in the exhibit,” said Laura Desmond. “These were works with a compelling conjunction of concept, medium, and technique, where an idea was pursued with purpose, dedication, and command of the formal properties of the work.”

The first prize, given by the Adirondack Artists Guild, went to Charles Reinertsen for his photograph “Grand Prismatic of the Adirondack Park.” Chris Covert of Guide Boat Realty donated the second prize to Michaele Glennon for her wool yarn piece “Ice Fishing Blues.” Diane Leifheit won third prize for her pastel painting “Torrent, Rossie Falls,” given by Lindy Ellis and Rich Shapiro of Gear-to-Go Tandems.

 Desmond also chose three pieces to be named Honorable Mentions. These went to Phil Gallos for his photograph “Portrait of Memory,” Valerie Patterson for her watercolor “That Persistent Memory,” and Samantha Stytzer for “The Journey,” a wood carving with wood burning and spray paint.

 As always, Meg Bernstein made ribbons for the award-winning pieces, tailored especially for each one.

 All the artwork in the show will be on the Adirondack Artists Guild’s website, where purchases may be made.

Once again, a local friend of the arts is donating a People’s Choice award. Visitors may vote for their favorite piece and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the show on April 17.

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park. The gallery is located at 52 Main Street in Saranac Lake, NY. For more information, please call (518) 891-2615. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The Adirondack Artists Guild is on Facebook, Instagram, and on the web at

 Photo at top: Charlie Reinertsen with his photograph, “Grand Prismatic of the Adirondack Park.” Photo by Mark Kurtz.

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